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Have a Best Practice? Want to Share? The PA Chapter of APA wants to share your success stories with others. Send us your best practices – planning, zoning, development, open space, housing, economic development, trails, whatever it might be – and we’ll evaluate it for adding to our website.

Want to get involved but not sure how?  We need planners to help evaluate best practice submittals to see if they should be shared with everyone and put on our website. If interested, contact Brian O’Leary at boleary@montcopa.org.

Small Legacy Cities, Equity, and a Changing Economy

posted on December 23rd, 2014  |  Read more

2014 Annual Awards Winner – Student Project AwardAwarded to the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, Department of City Planning (Graduate Planning Studio) Small Legacy Cities, Equity, and a Changing Economy is a policy and strategy report prepared by Penn graduate planning students for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The report addresses to what   

Emerald View Park Trail Plan

posted on December 23rd, 2014  |  Read more

2014 Annual Awards Winner – Planning Excellence Award – ImplementationAwarded to Mount Washington Community Development Corporation Emerald View Park atop Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington is home to one of the nation’s most beautiful vistas. In 2010, the city and Mount Washington CDC completed a plan for a 19-mile trail system in the park and through green   

Montgomery County Planning Commission Model Sign Ordinance

posted on December 23rd, 2014  |  Read more

2014 Annual Awards Winner – Planning Excellence Award – Best PracticeAwarded to the Montgomery County Planning Commission A model sign ordinance is the latest in the outstanding series of model ordinances from Montgomery County Planning Commission. The 132-page document describes various types of signs and current sign issues with photographs and graphics, and provides model   

Green City, Clean Waters Plan

posted on December 23rd, 2014  |  Read more

2014 Annual Award winner – Planning Excellence Award – ImplementationAwarded to the Philadelphia Water Department Green City, Clean Waters is Philadelphia’s innovative plan that calls for green stormwater infrastructure to reduce combined sewer overflow by 85% and drastically reduce related pollutants. The plan lays out a 25-year agenda of public investment, private property retrofits, and   

Dream Dormont – 2013 Comprehensive Plan

posted on December 23rd, 2014  |  Read more

2014 Annual Award Winner – Daniel Burnham Award for  a Comprehensive PlanAwarded to the Borough of Dormont, Interface Studio, Sam Schwartz Engineering, Duane Morris Government Strategies Dream Dormont grew out of a desire by officials to redefine the borough and set a fresh approach for the future. The plan is definitely fresh in its look   

NOAA Lake Level Viewer

posted on October 27th, 2014  |  Read more

A new (Ocotber 2014)  NOAA online visualization and mapping tool, the Lake Level Viewer, will help communities along the U.S. Great Lakes plan for, and adapt to, climate change and changes in lake water levels.The easy-to-use, interactive tool was developed by the National Ocean Service’s Office for Coastal Management as part of its Digital Coast   

Career Advice for Emerging Planners

posted on August 28th, 2014  |  Read more

Our colleagues over at APA Arizona put together this tremendously helpful brochure, for which they surveyed more than 800 planners across the country. Whether you’re looking for a job or just want some interviewing/employment advice, it’s tremendously helpful.

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